Voices from Russia

Monday, 8 January 2018

8 January 2018. Only in Russia… Shashlik for Christmas… on the OUTDOOR Grill

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This is a real-deal Russian preparing grilled shashlik for CHRISTMAS. I shit you not. I do believe that the eaters are waiting inside… it’s true that shashlik over charcoal is legit to the max, but sometimes we Russians justify the Western view that we’re Europe’s crazy cousins. Not that I’d want to change that…

BMD

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Sunday, 20 September 2015

20 September 2015. Translated Russian Demot… This is Better Than McDonald’s Is!

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

4 November 2014. Now, For Something ENTIRELY Different… Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s National Sausage Week!

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Kiełbasa (that be the Polack spelling) in Plymouth PA… that’s pronounced “kah-bah-see” in PA, New York, and New Jersey

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beer and kapusta

Here be “galoomkies” and kapusta with pivo… all normal people have this alongside their kolbasa (that be the Russkie spelling)

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00 Pelmeni. Russian food. 26.06.13

Here be pelmeni (that be little Russkie “pirogies”) with sour cream… another good thing to have with one’s kolbász (that be the Hunkie spelling)

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Put my vote in for smoked garlic kolbasa… plenty of it, with kapusta and pivo. Now, that’s American Slavonia on a plate! Y’ know, “galoomkies”, “pirogies”, the White Eagle Club, Rova Farms, the Magyar Othon, the Nassau Ave Meat Market, the M & I, the International Bar, Happy Louie and Heavy Chicago, listening to the “polka show” on the radio, having the Kulich basket blessed on Easter… the whole banana. That’s a milieu that I’m proud to have grown up in! Be sure to make enough for seconds, please…

BMD

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Well, Waddaya Know… Another First for Pittsburgh: World’s Largest Pierogi

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On National Pierogi Day, this morning, chefs at Rivers Casino made what Guinness World Records verified to be the world’s largest pierogi. The giant dumpling weighed in at 123 pounds (56 kilos), establishing a record. Filled with 60 pounds (27 kilos) of potatoes and 5 pounds (2¼ kilos) of cheddar cheese, the pierogi was so big that the casino had to make a stainless-steel holder to first boil and then bake it. The total cooking time was about 2 hours. Executive Chef Richard Marmion said, “It’s pretty cool. What a totally neat experience we can be proud of”. He laboured for more than a year to come up with the recipe and figure out how to cook it. Assistant Executive Chef Adam Tharpe added, “We’re part of that Guinness weirdness in a very Pittsburgh way. Only in Pittsburgh would there be so much excitement over pierogies”. However, already, controversy is brewing. Minutes after the official proclamation by Guinness adjudicator Michael Empric at 10.00 EDT, the folks at PGH Pierogi Truck took to Twitter in protest. They tweeted, “We have fundamental problems with this ‘pierogi’. Because it isn’t one. It’s pagach”. The pagach is a variation on the pierogi. It’s an Eastern European yeast bread stuffed with mashed potatoes, sauerkraut or sweet cabbage, and then baked.

8 October 2014

Gretchen McKay

Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2014/10/08/Another-first-for-Pittsburgh-World-s-biggest-pierogi/stories/201410080174

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